Light review

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The title of minimalist sneak-'em-up Light describes several things. First, there's Project: Light, the shadowy initiative that's left you stripped of your memories and in the custody of a sinister corporation, which you must immediately escape. Then there's the central gameplay hook, in which the constant interplay of light and shadow establish lines of sight and offer clues about where it's safe to hide from roving guards. More disappointingly, "Light" also applies to its content: an anemic 12-level campaign that can easily be blown through in an hour or less.


Brutal Doom v20 video shows 15 minutes of unrelenting gore

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The v20 update for Brutal Doom has been in development for a while but there's still no solid release date. While you wait for the gory mod to be finetuned, why not watch 15 minutes of it in action? The update includes a number of improvements, such as general performance tweaks, more realistic/brutal blood fountains and most importantly: ragdoll physics.


Offworld Trading Company prototype is now available as a "Founder's Elite Edition" preorder bonus

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I'm still not entirely clear on what an "economic RTS" is, but I like the concept of a game that encourages and rewards predatory economic policy on a large scale, especially one being made by the lead designer and AI programmer of Civilization IV. That fellow, Soren Johnson, announced that a prototype his new game, Offworld Trading Company, is now available to play, although there are a couple of catches.


Newbee defeats ViCi Gaming to win The International 2014

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Chinese team Newbee has claimed the Dota 2 Championship crown at The International 4, along with a grand prize check worth more than $5 million.

Hearthstone expansion Curse of Naxxramas's last 15 cards revealed before release

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We really like Hearthstone here at PC Gamer. Like, a lot. So the impending release of Curse of Naxxramas, its upcoming expansion, makes tomorrow feel a bit like Christmas. Blizzard has let us open one of our presents on Christmas Eve by posting images of the last 15 cards to be released in their upcoming expansion. This brings us to the final total of 30, and brings our excitement to a peak.


Maxis job listing suggests its next project is a free-to-play MMO

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Maxis has been around for the better part of 30 years, during which time it's developed an awful lot of Sim-stuff, from SimCity to The Sims. Now it's working in something new, which based on a recently-posted job listing may be a free-to-play MMO.


How to access Dark Souls 2's new DLC in-game

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If we’ve learned anything from our time in Dark Souls 2, it’s that the game doesn’t hold your hand for anything. Its first DLC, Crown of the Sunken King, is no exception. Unlike Borderlands 2 or Fallout: New Vegas, where installing new addons immediately give you a new quest and a map marker, Crown of the Sunken King simply puts a mysterious item in your inventory and leaves you with a cryptic clue. If you're stumped on what the new item means, or how to get into your newest challenge, we can help.


Spec Ops: The Line sequel has "no chance" of happening and Yager is okay with that

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Spec Ops: The Line was a remarkable game, to the point that more than two years after it came out, I don't want to talk about it in any great detail out of fear of spoiling the experience for those who have yet to play it. But it wasn't a sales success and so a sequel isn't going to happen, yet somewhat surprisingly that's just fine with the team at Yager.

Yogscast declines to comment on claim it received $150,000 of Yogventures Kickstarter money

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The failure of the Yogventures Kickstarter has taken what may well be the first step toward ugliness with an assertion by the developer, Winterkewl Games, that $150,000 of the money raised went to Yogscast, which was to use it to create physical rewards and hire a lead programmer for the project. But roughly two-thirds of that amount remains unaccounted for, according to figures released in a new, final Kickstarter update, and while Lewis Brindley of Yogscast insisted in a response that the update "omits much," he didn't explicitly deny the allegation either, saying only that "there's no value in going into detail."


Lovely Planet out next week, is a happy, colourful game about shooting things

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No, no, no, no, this isn't right. Shooters today are brown and serious, and about real-life things like war, swearing and using helicopters to airlift a single jerk sniper to a nearby rooftop. They're not fast and twitchy, and they're definitely not colourful. And yet, Lovely Planet is defiantly breaking all the rules, by being about a planet of colourful things... that you shoot.


The International 2014: must-watch games from day three

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Missed yesterday's report? Read it here.

The bloodiest day of The International 2014 began with a run of the tournament's best matches. Then, after a run of upsets in a tournament that has been defined by upsets, one team emerged that will face Newbee in the grand final today. It's certainly not the grand final I'd have expected a week ago, and if you'd told me these results a month ago at ESL One I'd have called you crazy. I'd also have asked what it was like in the future and if you could help me skip the queue in the Secret Shop, but that's another matter.

4K Screenshot Showcase: Braid

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Every week, keen screen-grabber Ben Griffin brings you a sumptuous 4K resolution gallery to celebrate PC gaming's prettiest places.

I know what you're thinking. Why, with all the visually incredible games around today, showcase an indie puzzle/platformer from half a decade ago? The answer is simple: this is a public service. Until now there's never been a single 4K shot of Braid - now there are 15. Think of me as a less skillful restorer of paintings. Here are 15 shots worthy of any museum—or failing that, your desktop wallpaper.

Microsoft job listing says nice things about PC gaming, isn't clear if it means them

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Over the past few years, Microsoft's behaviour in regards to the PC gaming has more closely resembled a teen high-school drama. One minute he's—Microsoft is a he in this analogy, just roll with it—he's inviting us to the prom, saying we're the prettiest platform around. The next, he's run away with the console market. Sure, he still calls to tell us that we mean the world to him, but we don't really believe him at this point, do we?

Well, not really, no, but that doesn't mean Microsoft doesn't see the potential of the PC as a platform. In fact, they've outlined its dominance in a new job listing, advertising a Business Development position overseeing games on PC, mobile and tablets.


Elite: Dangerous team outline plans for post-launch expansion packs

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Hey, you! Space fan! Are you excited for Elite: Dangerous. Well stop it, there's no time for that—its creators are already looking toward Elite: Dangerous's expansions. Be excited for that instead.

Yes, despite the main game being in beta, the Frontier team are already planning ahead to Elite's post-launch future. In the latest news letter update, they've shared their vision for the game.


The Sims 4 demo footage reveals Premium membership

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Damn, The Sims got dark. It's always been a playground for the sadistic, of course—for those who like to torment their digital charges with inescapable rooms of terror. But now, it seems, the game takes place in a Twilight Zone episode where excess emotions are punishable by death. In this 20 minute walkthrough of The Sims 4's E3 build, characters once again chuckle themselves to an early expiration. And to think, they say laughter is the best medicine.


Warframe update 14.0 adds new class, quests, modes and new pets

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It is not unreasonable to want pets in violent third-person shooter video games. The team at Digital Extremes doesn't think so, as the new (and rather major) Warframe update includes pets, as well as other substantial additions. These include a better opening tutorial and user interface, a whole new Warframe class, new modes and quests galore.


Minecraft now has giant combat robots, if you have 60 hours to spare

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It's well established that amazing things can happen in Minecraft, but this is something else. Few people will deny the allure of giant robotic killing machines, but some are more passionate about them than others. In the video above, Minecraft expert Cubehamster has crafted a gargantuan mech entitled Mega Gargantua. The fully functioning robot took 60 hours to construct and does not need Command Blocks or any other mods to get up and running. In fact, if you were patient enough you could build it in Survival Mode.


Jazz Jackrabbit review — June 1995, US edition

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Every Sunday, Tyler publishes a classic PC Gamer review from the '90s or early 2000s, with his context and commentary followed by the full, original text from the archived issue. More classic reviews here.

It's unbelievable now, but PCs were once seen as less-attractive gaming machines than Nintendo consoles. Heresy! But it's true. I'd probably never preface a review with 200 words of context, but I'm glad our 1995 review of Jazz Jackrabbit gives us some perspective. Sadly, Cliff Bleszinski's new studio is not making a new Jazz Jackrabbit, so we still don't have it that good.

FIFA 15, like The Sims 4, is all about emotions

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This might be the first trailer to make me give a football game a curious glance since the days of the Mega Drive, and it's all thanks to EA's current obsession with emotions. Not content with turning The Sims into an emotional melting pot, they're giving each player in the noble game of football their own "emotional intelligence", which will visibly change over time depending on how the match is progressing. While players won't sit cross-legged in a huff after someone misses a goal, their reaction animations will alter in both positive and negative ways to proceedings, according to this latest trailer. See what this entails after the break.


Mighty No. 9 video shows transformations, bosses and more

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I remain skeptical of Comcept's second crowdfunding campaign, but I've finally found a video that makes me interested in Keiji Inafune's definitely-not-mega Mighty No. 9. Stick around for two minutes of dashing, shooting, boss battles, a few of hero Beck's transformations and more.